Shenandoah (arr Smith/Story)

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Story
Robert W. Smith

Arranged by Michael Story and Robert W Smith

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Folksong
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.00; (digital) - $56.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Piano/Keyboard (optional)
Timpani (optional)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Shenandoah is best known as a traditional American folk song. However, the origins of the text and lyrics are not universally agreed upon. Some believe Shenandoah originated among the early American rivermen or Canadian voyageurs as a sea shanty. Others believe it was a land song before it went to sea. Most agree that it incorporates both Irish and African-American elements.

Origin aside, Shenandoah was tremendously popular. It has been sung under countless titles, including Shennydore, The Wide Missouri, The Wild Mizzourye, The Oceanida, and Rolling River. The title Shenandoah was named for an Indian chief living on the Missouri River. The beautiful melody has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences for generations.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: I
  • Michigan: Junior High D
  • Texas: I. Complete


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